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BSc Sports and Exercise Science

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English

About this program

BSc Sports and Exercise Science

How can athletes optimise their training and performance? How can individuals and communities improve their physical activity, health and well-being? Our inter-disciplinary team of scientists and practitioners will help you understand the role of physiology, psychology, biomechanics and nutrition in sports and exercise science.

Our BSc Sports and Exercise Science course will give you a new and exciting perspective on the world of sport, exercise, health and physical fitness.

Your study topics include:

  • How and why different energy systems are deployed at different exercise intensities
  • Biomechanical principles behind acute and chronic sporting injuries, and how these can be applied to prevent injuries
  • The role of ergogenic aids in improving athletic performance
  • How physical activity and nutrition can reduce the risk of cardio-metabolic disease
  • The design and implementation of psychological skills training programmes

Practical work in your first two years provides you with the professional and scientific skills you need to conduct your own research project in your final year, and to make the transition to postgraduate study or on to a fulfilling career in a range of industries, especially sport, health and education.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

GCSE: Mathematics and a Science subject at grade C/4

A-levels: BBB, including B in one science subject or Mathematics (PE and Psychology count as science A-levels)

BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555, including Higher Level Science or Mathematics grade 5, or (if not taking HL Maths) Standard Level Mathematics/Maths Studies grade 4.

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Please note that Standard Level Maths in the IB is not required if you have already achieved GCSE Maths at grade C/4 or above or 4 in IB Middle Years Maths.

Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

From 2021, we will accept grade 4 in either Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Higher Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation or grade 5 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Professional Skills and Development 1
  • Biomechanics
  • Principles of Nutrition and Metabolism
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Introduction to Sports and Exercise Science

Year 2

  • Professional Skills 2
  • Exercise Physiology (optional)
  • Applied Movement Science (optional)
  • Sport and Performance Psychology (optional)
  • Applied Sport and Exercise Nutrition (optional)
  • Sports Injuries and Exercise Rehabilitation (optional)
  • Health and Active Lifestyle (optional)
  • Starting your own business or being self-employed: an entrepreneurial approach. (optional)

Final Year

  • Issues in Sport and Exercise Science
  • Research Project
  • Applied and Environmental Sports Science (optional)
  • Environments Shape Physical Activity: Translating Research into Practice (optional)
  • Applied Sports Psychology (optional)
  • Physical Activity, Nutrition and Cardio-Metabolic Disease (optional)

Program delivery

BSc Sports and Exercise Science: 3 years

BSc Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

BSc Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Practical work in your first two years
  • Learn through a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions and coursework
  • Gain experience collating and interpreting data, and reporting findings clearly and concisely

Tuition

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £17,700

Career paths

The sport, fitness, health and leisure sectors are booming and provide a variety of careers for sports and exercise science graduates.

Typical career destinations include healthcare, teaching, and the health and fitness industries or postgraduate study. Our courses develop your skills in numeracy, information technology, communication and time management, which are important to all employers.

About this institute

University of Essex

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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